Krishnaswami Raja Ph.D.

Raja, Krishnaswami
Position Department / Business Unit
Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
College of Staten Island, CUNY Chemistry
City State / Provence
New York New York
Country Website
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Krishnaswami Raja is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the College of Staten Island (part of City University of New York), where he is focused on Bionanotechnology, Synthetic Polymer Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry and Targeted Drug Delivery.

The basic philosophy of his group is to covalently marry biomacromolecules with synthetic polymers and small molecules to generate hybrids for biopharmaceutical and material science applications. The research in the group will span many disciplines and students will be trained in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Nanotechnology in projects which are exciting from both Industrial and academic view points.

Natural product inspired small molecule libraries and novel living polymers will be attached to Bionanoparticles, therapeutically relevant proteins and artificial peptide scaffolds to generate a range of Bionanomaterials. Bioconjugate chemistry and Synthetic Organic/Polymer Chemistry will be employed to generate the Bionanomaterials. These will be characterized using a battery of bioanalytical techniques.

The materials synthesized for biomedical applications will be tested for activity using cell based assays.

The self-assembly and liquid crystalline properties of the protein-polymer hybrid materials will be studied by NMR, DSC, TEM, AFM and other techniques. These Self-assembled artificial scaffolds will be used to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials at the nanoscale.


Ph.D Indian Institute of Science in Synthetic Chemistry of Polymers and Liquid Crystals (1999)


  • Ph.D Indian Institute of Science in Synthetic Chemistry of Polymers and Liquid Crystals (1999)
  • Scientist Raman Boards LTD, Paper polymer composites and the development of paper based insect repellant devices (1996-1999)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, Biomacromolecular assembly based chemistry (2000-2004)
  • Principal Scientist, Dynavax Technologies Immunotherapeutic bionanoparticle vaccines and vaccine adjuvant development (2004-2005)

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